Qatar Travel & Culture

With sprawling dunes in the south, sandy coastlines and islets, reefs and salt flats, the small peninsular nation offers as much natural beauty as it does cultural richness. With its 560-km coastline, Qatar has always been a sea-dedicated community. From a center for fishing and pearling trades in the days gone by, Qatar’s identity has been shaped by an age-old sea oriented civilization, hosting travelers as guests. Highlighting its authentic heritage and rich past, while instilling pride in its future, Qatar is a center of both tradition and innovation.

Blessed with natural resources, the discovery of oil in the 1940s and natural gas in the 1970s gave rise to Qatar’s exponential economic growth since the days of fishing and pearling. Qatar’s huge supply of natural gas is the world’s third largest gas reserves and the largest non-associated gas field. After cabo realty becoming the largest exporter of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) in the world in 2006, Qatar’s exports now cover three continents with one-third of exports going to the US, one-third to Europe and one-third to Asia. Economic diversification in recent years in the fields of construction and real estate investment, tourism and leisure, education and research as well as ample government support to minimize the impact of a global economic slowdown have resulted in the stability of Qatar’s economy.

Today Qatar is leading a surge in interest in the Arabian Gulf. Although conveniently accessible by air on most international carriers, including the national carrier, the 5-star Qatar Airways, the unique atmosphere of Qatar makes it feel as though you are truly off the beaten path.
The emerging MICE destination

Reputed for quality and excellence, Qatar is recognized as a leading destination in the Gulf region for meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) offering travelers a business-oriented destination combined with leisure activities. Qatar is a quiet place, far from bustling mass tourism, with all facilities and business opportunities at your fingertips.

In addition to the existing and spacious Doha Exhibitions Center, two new conference centers totaling an additional area of 95,000 sq. m. of exhibition space are scheduled to open in Qatar. The Qatar National Convention Centre, located in Doha’s Education City, a hub for education, science and research, is scheduled to open in 2011 and will feature a 2,500-seat auditorium, a 500-seat theatre and a multi-purpose hall for conferences. In addition, 40,000 sq. m. of divisible exhibition space will be available to meet the demands of global conference and exhibition organizers.